Watch the weather from your desktop
We’re all amateur meteorologists – but with the right resources, you can do a much better job at predicting rain
How local is your weather forecast? Head to something like the BBC website, and you’ll be able to drill down to your city, or perhaps a specific region of your city. But what if you could triangulate your upcoming conditions based on your precise location? While you could set up your own weather station and make your own mind up, there are services out there which offer hyper-local forecasts for free.
We’d absolutely recommend making Dark Sky (www. darksky.net) your first port of call. It features a host of maps, from precipitation radar (with handy arrows to show which way those storms are travelling) and temperature all the way to a rather odd emoji map which shows how you’ll probably feel if you venture outside. There’s also hour-byhour forecasting, and Dark Sky’s cute ‘Time Machine’ feature, which lets you research historical data or explore its predictions for the future.
For a better weather radar, with live updates and a zoomable map, you could head to www.metcheck.com or the excellent www.accuweather.com, both of which also help you track thunderstorms and lightning strikes. The most accurate local weather information, though, is found at www.weatherunderground. com. It’s a service which is essentially fed by personal weather stations the world over. People with their own gauges send that information back to WU – enter your location, and it’ll link you to the absolute closest weather station to you. Be sure to try the ‘Wundermap’ feature, which enables you to layer all the information you need on a single map.
And now winter’s here, how will you know where it’s snowing? You ask Twitter, of course. Or head to www.uksnowmap. com, which catalogues every tweet that uses the #uksnow tag, giving you instant feedback from people gawping out of their windows the country over.
And now winter’s here, how will you know where it’s snowing?